Vietnam says others should respect its right to drill for South China Sea oil


HANOI (Reuters) – Vietnam on Friday said other countries should respect its legitimate right to drill for oil in its waters amid growing tension with China over energy development in the South China Sea.

The drilling began in mid-June in Vietnam’s Block 136/3, which is licensed to Vietnam’s state oil firm, Spain’s Repsol and Mubadala Development Co [MUDEV.UL] of the United Arab Emirates.

The block lies inside the U-shaped “nine-dash line” that marks the vast area that China claims in the sea and overlaps what it says are its own oil concessions.

China on Tuesday urged a halt to the drilling.

“Vietnam’s petroleum-related activities take place in the sea entirely under the sovereignty and jurisdiction of Vietnam established in accordance with international law,” Vietnamese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Le Thi Thu Hang said in a statement sent to Reuters.

“Vietnam proposes all concerned parties to respect the legitimate rights and interests of Vietnam.”

This week, the BBC reported that Vietnam had halted drilling there after Chinese threats, but there was no independent confirmation and neither Vietnamese officials nor Repsol made any comment on the report.

Thomson Reuters data showed the drilling ship Deepsea Metro I was in the same position on Friday as it had been since drilling began on the block in the middle of June.

China claims most of the energy-rich South China Sea through which about $5 trillion in ship-borne trade passes every year. Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam also have claims.

Reporting by My Pham; Editing by Nick Macfie

Source: Reuters “Vietnam says others should respect its right to drill for South China Sea oil”

Note: This is Reuters’ report I post here for readers’ information. It does not mean that I agree or disagree with the report’ views.

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5 Comments on “Vietnam says others should respect its right to drill for South China Sea oil”

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  3. Steve says:

    In the last few years and recently (about 2 months ago), the Vietnam President and Prime Minister has made vows and promises with China to settle disputes in a proper diplomatic manner, even drank Chinese tea with Chinese President in China, but as soon as they returned home, All promises and vows has being disavowed. Recently, China’s military chiefs cancelled discussions and left Vietnam due to change of Vietnam’s last minute policies.

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  4. Fre Okin says:

    “Vietnam’s petroleum-related activities take place in the sea entirely under the sovereignty and jurisdiction of Vietnam established in accordance with international law,” Vietnamese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Le Thi Thu Hang said in a statement sent to Reuters.

    This is Monkey Talk. Explain exactly where the drilling is. Is it Outside VN 200 NM EEZ? Is it in the Disputed Spratlys islands VN occupy Illegally? If it is Within the Illegally Occupied Spratly’s islands, it is NOT VN’s maritime rights Solely, even if it is within her 200 NM EEZ from her coastline. China should exercise her option to drill next door of VN find oil there.

    If VN drill, China should go back to Triton area in Paracel to drill or somewhere else where there is good potential, disregarding Vietnam’s claims.

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  5. Joseph says:

    Again, Reuters says. As if Vietnam does not have legitimate media. This matter concerns Spanish oil company doing illegal drillings. Spain!! Not an SCS country. Vietnam already asked them to stop. But Western media makes it like a Vietnam problem. The rate that Westerners want us to fight among ourselves is ridiculous.

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